Dark electronic three-piece Blood Sound will be opening at Johnny Brenda’s with Black Marble and YOU. Their recent effort True Romance Magazines finds Tim Burton’s version of TRON with dreamy vocals dancing over an atmospheric keyboard, creating an enjoyable ’80s callout sound. The gig is 21+, and more information/tickets can be found here. Continue reading →
It was announced Monday that the 8th annual 2nd Street Festival will take place on Sunday, August 7th. 2nd Street will be shut down between Germantown and Green as Northern Liberties is inundated with food trucks, vendors, beer gardens, workshops, and more. The Festival is free and all ages are welcome to attend. Continue reading →
Maceo Parker is a one-of-a-kind performer, but that doesn’t mean that he isn’t willing to borrow from the best. Playing saxophone in bands with both George Clinton and James Brown provided a pretty solid basis for how to get a crowd going and Parker has used this experience, as well as his own long solo career, to put together one of the most energized and exciting live performances going. Parker will be at Ardmore Music Hall tonight alongside Philly-natives Rugby Road; click here for more info. Continue reading →
Philly’s Cold Roses have shown in their short time as a band that they are able to fuse genres and a myriad of instruments, from tambourine to melodica, to create seriously fun rock and roll. Just as easily as they are able to turn it up, the video the band recently released — which you can check out below — shows they are able to slow things sown just as effectively. Continue reading →
I don’t want to gush. But I’d be lying if I said that this latest collection of performances from The Key Studio Sessions wasn’t special to me.
In the past four months, I’ve recorded one of my favorite Philadelphia bands of the past 20 years – shamanistic psychedelic rock masters Bardo Pond, whose performance was a thrill – as well as one of my favorite new Philadelphia bands – the brilliant duo Girlpool, transported locally from LA this winter with a unique sound and an incredible collection of songs in tow. I also recorded a local guitar icon whose work I’ve admired since I first began covering the scene for City Paper 15 years ago, Mike “Slo-Mo” Brenner, doing a set of his raga-influenced compositions on the 22-stringed chaturangui. (Brenner also sat in on lap steel with folk outfit Kicking Down Doors.)
After making a splash in 2013 with her pop-and-country infused album America Religious, New Jersey’s Caroline Rose returned last fall with an album that expanded her sound into realms of gospel and blues with I Will Not Be Afraid. Tonight she plays World Cafe Live opening for Pokey La Farge. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
Paul Hocynec admitted that he was, at one point, negative about the local music scene.
“I wasn’t really the best supporter. I’d complain that nobody was at my shows, but wasn’t necessarily going out to shows and supporting other people,” Hocynec said. “I came to a bit of a weird time in my life and I realized I wanted to be part of a community more than anything else. I just wanted to be connected with other local bands.”
Starting in August, he began Philly Free Song Friday, inviting musicians to his local studio space, Woodbrook Recording, under a few conditions: they have a few hours to record whatever they want, but it must be an original song, and they have to be okay with Hocynec releasing it as a free download come Friday. Continue reading →
Cross Record is the subject of Folkadelphia’s live session this week. Emily Cross makes experimental, experiential songs that are loud and then quiet, intense and then subtle. Check out “Cold Water, Walk Further” below and download the session here.
It’s both a blessing and a curse: the more a band adheres to a time-tested, tried-and-true rock n’ roll sound, the harder it can sometimes be for that band to stand out from the pack. But even in a city with as robust a blues / Americana scene as Philly, Cold Roses makes an impact.
Here’s how: killer arrangements punctuated by a punchy horn section. Hooks for days. Direct, heartfelt songwriting by frontman Rob Clancy. The term “Springsteenian” would not be inappropriate in this circumstance, especially on “No Silence in the City,” the title track from its 2014 debut LP. Though if you couldn’t pick it up by their band name, Ryan Adams is also a huge reference point for Clancy and co., and you can hear traces of him in the new “Stayin’ Alive Ain’t Easy,” one of a handful of songs the band debuted during its Key Studio Session this week.
Stream and download the set below, and catch Cold Roses during one of its shows this spring: May 1st at Bourbon and Branch, May 16th opening for Breaking Benjamin at Wells Fargo Center and May 22nd at Connie’s Ric Rac. Tickets and information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
Indie rock trio Jukebox the Ghost will play Union Transfer this evening. The group appeared at our Free at Noon concert a few months back and brought the house down. With an ongoing flow of witty banter and high-energy performances, Jukebox the Ghost has quickly become a band known for a kickass live concert. They have recently released their self-titled album last week and are offering an opportunity to meet and greet with them. Tonight’s show is bound to be filled with indie pop fun and hilarious chatter from the musicians themselves. For more information on tonight’s show, check out the XPN Concert Calendar. Watch their video for “The Great Unknown” below.